The DCC Buccaneers moved to 3-0 on the season, but this one wasn’t as easy as the first two. Early on, it looked like it would be another double digit victory for the Bucs. They scored the first seven points of the game, all by reigning Mon-Dak Conference Player of the Week, Simon Falokun. The visiting Jimmies stayed in the game by hitting from the outside. In the first half they connected on nine 3-pointers. DCC continued to build their lead by going inside and by dominating the boards. The Bucs won the battle of the boards in the first half 27-16 and shot 52.4% from the field. They also hit six from 3-point range, including two by sophomore Brent Finn. Casey Walcker led the Jimmies with 16 points in the first half. The opening half ended with a 3-pointer from Buccaneer Tyler Tanner as the buzzer sounded to match their largest lead of the half at 54-39.
In the second half, the Bucs continued their domination, building a 19 point lead at 73-54. The Jimmies fought back with their favorite weapon, the 3-point shot. In a seven minute span, they were able to cut the 19 point deficit to just 2 points at 81-79 with just over five minutes remaining. Reece Green hit a bucket inside on an offensive rebound to put the Bucs up by 4. With just over 3 minutes remaining, Walcker tied the game at 84-84 with a 3-pointer. The Bucs responded with two free throws from Falokun and another by Travon Hamilton. They were able to ice the game down the stretch with some strong defense and more free throws by Hamilton. The Jimmies had one more chance with 6 seconds remaining and rebounded a missed free throw, but could not get off a shot before the final buzzer sounded.
Falokun finished the game with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Finn scored 14 points while Hamilton and Tyrell Harper added 11 to go along with 7 rebounds. Hamilton also contributed 8 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. Green contributed 8 points and 9 rebounds, including 6 on the offensive side. Walcker led the Jimmies with 25 points and three others were in double digits. The Buccaneers dominated the boards once again 51-28 and shot 50% for the game and 45% from the 3-point line. The three-point shot kept the visitors in it as they connected on 21 for the game and shot better from 3-point range than they did from 2-point range.
DCC Coach Joe Peterson shared his thoughts, “It was nice to get tested and see how we respond in a tight game. We had a lot going against us tonight, but we kept our heads and continued to battle. Some coaching decisions probably made this a lot closer of a game then it needed to be, but there are things we want to work on in these early season games. I loved the way Travon ran the show tonight. He seems to be getting better every game we play.”
This game was the first in a stretch of 7 games in 11 days for the Buccaneers who return to action Saturday with a match-up against Salish Kootenai at 6:00 pm and again on Sunday against Rocky Mountain College JV.